Y'all were so helpful with planning my itinerary that I wanted to pick your brains about accomodation in Luang Prabang and Vientiane also :)
I'll be spending 2 nights in VTN, and 4 nights in LP.
Price range is flexible-- anywhere from $20-$60/night (looking for the most bang for my buck and best option. If there's something out of this world for $70ish I could splurge. But I know some places you get almost the same thing for $20 as for $60...).
I'm a 28/f travelling solo so safety and location are very important to me (in Luang Prabang I'd love to stay right at the night market so there's lots of activity outside the hotel/guest house at night... if there are good options there). I don't mind paying a few dollars more a night for the same type of place with a significantly better location.
Other big priorites are cleanliness and private bathroom. If it's a good place to meet other travellers, it gets bonus points (but I know I'm not going to be paying rock bottom possible so this may be harder).
Thanks for any recommendations to check out :)
#1 nicoleslaw has been a member since 3/1/2012. Posts: 4
In Vientiane, I stayed at Souphaphone Guesthouse (recommended by Rufus (I think) and others here on TF - and I would also recommend it. Cost $22 (or 170,000kip) in late Sept 2010, booked via email before arriving. This excluded breakfast as per my request. Free Wifi, easy walk to riverfront, restaurants, etc. You may be able to do a better deal as a walk-in, but I wanted to have a room organised on my arrival.
In LP, I stayed at the Lao Wooden House - cost $25 (walk-in rate in early Oct 2010 which was right on the cusp of changing over to High Season) and thought it was really great. Clean, WiFi, private bathroom. This didn't include breakfast - which was fine because there are so many places near by where you can get a good and cheaper breakfast. It's maybe a 2-3 min walk from the river, and about a 5min walk from the night market.
Both places have their own website. There should be links on the TF accom pages that I linked to above.
In LP, Manichan Guesthouse is just around the corner from the Night Market. I stayed there Nov 2010 and really loved both the guesthouse and the location. Rooms extremely clean and good size - roomy bathroom. Best thing about this place are the breakfasts - the owner is a Belgian and former chef and really lays out a spread for his guests (homemade yogurt, homemade jams x 3, eggs or pancakes to order - really a feast, and all guests join in at the communal table). I think I paid about $25. or $30. Wat Mai is also nearby if you're interested in seeing the monks line up for alms in the early am. The Manichan has a few cheaper rooms w/o private bath too.